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Lakers Fan February 22nd, 2011 09:44 PM

Should marijuana possession be decriminalized ?
 
Our jails and prisons are overcrowded .If it was no longer a criminal offense to have marijuana in one's possession there would be many more empty jail cells .

Just as the quote goes: "Let him without sin cast the first stone "

Let he whom has smoked deny having done so. There were more closet marijuana users in the past 40 years than ever before .

Kuki February 22nd, 2011 10:01 PM

Henry.. it's been decades since anyone was imprisoned for simple possession, so it has nothing to do with overcrowding.

Lakers Fan February 22nd, 2011 10:40 PM

Not decades in this country . I believe there should be zero jail time for any marijuana usage .

Aerogirl February 22nd, 2011 11:02 PM

I'm not as think as you stoned I am.;)

ToddDH February 22nd, 2011 11:10 PM

I just happen to think that we've already more than enough ways to get "slammed," "Twisted," "blitzed," "sideways," "snockered" and "drunk." Do we really need another?

Not to mention there's enough folks out there who have their heads in a cloud even when they're stone cold sober and I'm one of them. It's called gettin' old! :)

Todd

ship2shore February 23rd, 2011 02:48 AM

I honestly cannot see one good reason to continue charging people. (Just dont smoke and drive) The only glowing eyes I want to see in the road in front of me are the raccoon's.

Truck Cruiser February 23rd, 2011 05:37 AM

Legalize Drugs....take them out of the hands of the drug lords and treat those who get messed up and drive as those who drive drunk.

Truth is....if someone wants to get high, they're gonna do it one way or another. Sell it out of State run stores and tax the heck out of it.

LisaK February 23rd, 2011 08:53 AM

are we talking about medical or recreational use or both? If it is made legal people are still going to "abuse" it like they do prescription pain killers vicadin, demerol, percocet etc. Make it so the seller has to get a license like a liquor store and tax it like cigarettes so that the states would make $$$, the money goes back to the communities with a percentage being allocated for drug counseling

Mike M February 23rd, 2011 09:02 AM

Thirteen states have decriminalized marijuana. Minnesota is one of them and simple possession will not result in jail time.

Overall I do think it should be decriminalized and even legalized but it should be a controlled sale through licensed stores in the same way liquor is sold here in Minnesota. You can't buy liquor in a grocery store in Minnesota. Only in licensed "Liquor Stores".

There are probably legitimate and therapeutic uses for marijuana but I laugh when I read about some ailments and every one of them has the marijuana crowd that says it will cure anything from seizures to sniffles. :D Hey I have glaucoma. California here I come!!!! :D;)

Take care,
Mike

Moiraine February 23rd, 2011 09:20 AM

I too think it should be legal but controlled and taxed. Some people are going to smoke regardless, so might as well make it "safe" and tax it like booze.

Kuki February 23rd, 2011 10:16 AM

Quote:

Legalize Drugs....take them out of the hands of the drug lords and treat those who get messed up and drive as those who drive drunk.

Oh ya, the laws against drunk drivers have been so effective, no worries ;) I think after your 400th DUI you go to jail.... unless you're Charlie Sheen :)

I know too many these days pot seems relatively harmless. I guess I just wonder if we really need any more legal intoxicants.

I'm guessing somewhere down the road a scientific study is going to determine pot is the only thing on earth that is actually good for you to consume.

Aidan February 23rd, 2011 12:06 PM

Legalizing drugs would put the Mexican drug cartels out of business.

Lakers Fan February 23rd, 2011 04:28 PM

Kookie
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kuki (Post 1354528)
Henry.. it's been decades since anyone was imprisoned for simple possession, so it has nothing to do with overcrowding.


If you're arrested in Texas for marijuana possession, you might face the following penalties:
  • Less than two ounces: 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine
  • Between two ounces and four ounces: a year in jail and a $4,000 fine

Kuki February 23rd, 2011 07:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Henry43 (Post 1354741)
If you're arrested in Texas for marijuana possession, you might face the following penalties:
  • Less than two ounces: 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine
  • Between two ounces and four ounces: a year in jail and a $4,000 fine

Henry,

I'm certainly no expert, but even with that law on the books, if you can find someone who's recently been jailed for simple possession I would be shocked.

All I am saying is that marijauna laws are most certainly not the cause of overcrowding in jails.

I'd even venture a guess that even though it takes many more infractions before any of them go to jail, there are likely many more people in jail for DUI convictions, than those there serving sentances for simple possession of pot.

If you think it a good idea to have more people behind the wheel of their cars under the influence of anything, so be it. There's already lots and lots inhibited by all sorts of legal prescription drugs, so in the end it won't matter. None are jailed until they kill people, and go to jail for vehicular homicide.

Manuel February 23rd, 2011 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Aidan (Post 1354669)
Legalizing drugs would put the Mexican drug cartels out of business.

That is the way I see it.

TM

Lakers Fan February 23rd, 2011 08:34 PM

I personally believe that driving of a vehicle should be lessened .I know people who drive 2 blocks to buy a newspaper rather than walk .

I know that in California and NY people have been sentenced to as many as 3 years for marijuana possession .

Kuki February 24th, 2011 12:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Aidan (Post 1354669)
Legalizing drugs would put the Mexican drug cartels out of business.


Sounds good. But which drugs? How many different drugs need to be legalized to put the cartels out of business?

Perhaps the cartels could just donate to political candidates the same way the pharmaceutical companies do , rather than trying to kill all their competitors :)

Aidan February 24th, 2011 06:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Kuki (Post 1354861)
Sounds good. But which drugs?

"One of the major sources of income for the Mexican drug cartels is the smuggling of marijuana into the US. The marijuana is grown in the Sierra Madre, then hauled over the border in many devious ways, and sold on the streets of the US.
US pot heads are providing the cash flow to fuel Mexican drug cartel violence. Some estimate that as much as 60% of the revenue to the drug cartels comes from marjuana."

-- Tucson Citizen

CruzNut February 24th, 2011 07:01 PM

In a word "NO"!

Lakers Fan February 24th, 2011 09:10 PM

I would like to see legalized prostitution as well .


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